Coquitlam residents and businesses can look forward to scheduled access to some City facilities starting in mid-June, as the City announces plans for a phased reopening.
The City has been methodically working through the logistics required to reopen public facilities safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the safety of the public and our employees as the top priority, the City must also consider service delivery, space, equipment, financial impacts and many other factors as it works to meet provincial and WorkSafeBC guidelines and public health protocols.Dates Set for Reopening City Hall, Recycling Depot, Spray Pads and Outdoor PoolsIn alignment with B.C.’s Restart Plan and direction from the Provincial Health Officer, the partial reopening in mid-June is anticipated to include select services at City Hall by appointment. Also planned for partial reopening in mid-June are the Coquitlam Animal Shelter, Town Centre Recycling Depot and spray pads. Registered access to outdoor pools is set to follow in early July.This is in addition to the core services the City has delivered throughout the pandemic – including waste collection, police and fire protection, drinking water and sewer – and new initiatives such as a Business Support Portal, the CoquitlamSPIRIT online activity and resource library, changes to policies and processes to support businesses and development, and a multi-sector Community Support and Recovery Plan with $5 million in initial funding.Safety Considerations Guide Reopening PlansThe City's phased reopening is aligned with B.C.’s Restart Plan and allows for potential scaling back or reclosing if necessary.The reopening has been a complex planning exercise, with factors including:
- Enhanced cleaning requirements;
- Deployment and training of staff;
- Physical alterations to ensure distancing, such as Plexiglas barriers, signs and floor markings;
- Use of appointments and registration to ensure physical distancing when accessing City services;
- Changes to practices and programs to reduce touchpoints and ensure distancing;
- Size of groups, space needs and potential changes in location; and
- Cost-effectiveness and financial impacts.
- Public hearings with physical distancing;
- Tax payments, development services and BusinessLinQ meetings; and
- Animal adoptions.
- The free CoquitlamSPIRIT library of activities and resources for all ages at www.coquitlam.ca/spirit ;
- Information and resources for businesses at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business ;
- Up-to-date City information and services through the CoquitlamConnect mobile app (www.coquitlam.ca/coquitlamconnect);
- Access to tax, utility and dog licence accounts through MyCoquitlam (www.coquitlam.ca/mycoquitlam) and
- Other online services listed at www.coquitlam.ca/eservices.
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is providing immediate and long-term support for the non-profit sector, businesses and residents;
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.